An interesting analysis of statistical computing environments was published by Robert Meunchen. This analysis shows that R has passed SAS for scholarly use (Fig. 1). This would have happened years ago !
“Way back in 2012 I published a forecast that showed that the use of R for scholarly publications would likely pass the use of SAS in 2015.” – Robert Meunchen
Figure 1 (produced by Robert Meunchen) shows the number of articles found for each software package for the most recent complete year (2015).
“SPSS is by far the most dominant package, as it has been for over 15 years. This may be due to its balance between power and ease-of-use. For the first time ever, R is in second place with around half as many articles.” – Robert Meunchen
Figure 1. Number of scholarly articles found in the most
recent complete year (2015) for each software package